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Good Wishes to Record Setting female sailors

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Greystones sailor Pamela Lee and her co-skipper Cat Hunt are attempting to set the first record for an all female, double handed circumnavigation of Ireland. They are hoping to inspire girls in Ireland and the UK to take up offshore sailing on equal terms. Probably setting off from the Kish on Tuesday evening, depending on the weather, it is expected to take about 5 days ‘This is a tough challenge, working 2 hours on and 2 off all that time, I wish them well’ said Cllr. Derek Mitchell, Cathaoirleach Greystones…

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Greystones Public Realm Plan Wins Big Award

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‘I’m delighted that Greystones Public Realm Plan won the Highly Commended Award at today’s Irish Landscape Institute awards ceremony.  We were beaten by  Ait Urbanism ‘North East Inner City Greening Strategy ‘(Dublin) .   The Galway Public Realm Plan came in third. I’d like to thank the Greystones 2020 Group for all the work and public consultation which went into it, working with Paul Hogarth & Co. This will serve as a plan which the Council will strive to implement in future years as funds become available’ said Cllr. Derek Mitchell…

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Progress on Delgany to Blacklion Road

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Significant Government funding, €280,000, has been allocated to producing a safer road at Delgany Wood Avenue and Blacklion Manor as there have been many complaints about speeding downhill. This will reduce the width to 6m from 8m in places which will slow drivers and raise the cycle tracks off the road. At the Delgany end there will be a signalised pedestrian crossing and better junctions as people have complained about them for a long time. This is to be completed by year end. A builder is completing the central section…

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Mitchell against Plan to end direct trains from Wicklow

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The plans for DART+ to Maynooth involve stopping the peak hour diesel trains from Arklow, Rathdrum, Wicklow & Kilcoole in Greystones and making the passengers transfer to the 2 DARTs per hour there. This is being done to allow 13 DARTs from Maynooth onto the North South line in the peak. ‘I am totally opposed to this as it will mean more people will use their cars, clog up the N11and be bad for Climate Change ‘said Cllr Derek Mitchell who is Chair of the Wicklow Transport Committee. Now there…

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Council asks for Changes to the Film Studio Site in Greystones.

Posted by | Achievements, Delgany, Greystones, Press Release | No Comments

The Media Campus has applied for permission to build a large, 73,000 sq.m, film studio on land is Greystones. The planners have asked for ‘further information’ effectively a request to redesign some non fundamental aspects: Delgany Greenway. They have to redesign to allow this along the Three Trout Stream as the original plans did not. I asked for this condition and am pleased it has been put in. More detailed aspects of 2 of the large buildings impact on nearby homes and possible amendments. Additional planting to enhance and protect…

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Dublin should not slow down Wicklow Buses

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Cllr Derek Mitchell has asked Dublin City Council not to halve the speed of Wicklow Buses in the City Centre as is proposed. The journey time of buses to the city centre is already too long and proposals to slow them to 30 kph on the main roads would be worse. Cllr Mitchell, who is Chair of the Wicklow Transport Committee, has written to Dublin Council asking that the route of the 84X, 133, Wexford bus and Aircoach to the airport & City Centre should not be reduced to 30…

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Greater priority needs to be given to buses from outer suburbs on city centre streets

Posted by | Bus/Train, Community Facilities, Local Work, Transport, Transport M50/N11 | No Comments

Buses should have priority on Dublin Streets. Greater priority needs to be given to buses from outer suburbs on city centre streets. The recently published Dublin Mobility Plan provides increased space on City Centre Streets for cycling and walking, especially around College Green. The significant population expansion of the Greater Dublin Area has mostly taken place in further out suburbs as the centre has not expanded much. Walking & cycling are only suitable for commuting short distances. The LUAS which has taken up much road space in Central Dublin, including…

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Offshore Windfarm progress welcome but concern about visual impact of Bray & Kish Bank ones

Posted by | Environment & Bray Head, Greystones, Local Work, Press Release, Wicklow | No Comments

I welcome today’s announcement that 7 projects are decided as Relevant Projects to move forward to the next consent stage. We need to use the wind resources to save carbon. However I am concerned about the visual impact of the Bray & Kish Bank one. The development of a large windfarm with a smaller visual effect, well out to sea, should take priority over a small one with a larger visual effect. There should be a limit to the visual effect permitted in towns. In 2005 the Codling windfarm obtained…

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Irish Rail tender for Design of Drogheda DART & Greystones Capacity Improvements

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On Thursday Irish Rail has gone to tender to do the detail design of the DART expansion on the Coastal line from Drogheda to Greystones. For the first time this includes ‘increases to the capacity of the Bray to Greystones section’ . ‘I am delighted that this is now included in the DART upgrade plan. Originally this was not included and I wrote a paper, launched by Minister Simon Harris, on how it could be done in 2018 by partially double tracking it’. The tender is to design the track,…

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